Toshiba multimedia touchscreen tablet out by Christmas
Only if you can swallow Windows CE
IFA While world + dog holds its breath for Apple to pop out the tablets, Toshiba has let out a gasp with its announcement of the JournE touch. This 7in, 16:9 aspect, LED touchscreen, wireless multimedia tablet features an ARM-based processor and runs Windows CE 6.0 Pro.
Toshiba’s JournE touchscreen tablet is based on an ARM processor
Designed as a communications hub for home use, the JournE forms part of Toshiba’s three screens strategy, which is aimed at integrating content sharing between TV, laptop and mobile devices. Weighing in at 450g and measuring up at 189 x 133.6 x 14mm the JournE’s battery life is quoted as 14 hours. The device’s integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi also supports mobile broadband and offers a range of on-line service presets, among them Youtube, Acetrax video on demand, Picasa, Flickr, MSN Messenger and RSS.
Internet Explorer takes care of the web browsing duties with Windows Media Player 9 handling music and video, with file support for JPEG images, MP3 and WMA audio with MPEG 4, H.264, Divx and WMV video. The JournE comes with 1GB internal memory expandable to 32GB with an SD card. While data sharing can be achieved wirelessly, an optional cradle offers an HDMI connection for TV use and USB for hooking up to a laptop.
Ready to make it into Christmas stockings this year, or so we’re told
On the floor, tablet in hand, Toshiba Europe’s Marco Perino, General Manager PC Options, Peripherals and Service Division, stated that the choice of OS was to provide people the widest range of applications on the market. Perino implied that Windows CE was also chosen because it made it possible for the company to realise its goal and be first to market a multimedia tablet device, with this model due at the end of the year priced at €249. ®
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Linux Version on the way
Okay peeps, we're just a small fry company to tosh, but we're got a 7" Linux tablet in development which should be available from December/January.
If there are any aspects you'd like to see other than the list below email us.
Spec so far :
Ubuntu - Debian OS
ARM 1200 Processor
7" wide screen touchscreen
Casing is currently being designed and will be either Metal or Rubber. Battery spec hasnt been finalised yet but will be at least 6 hours continuous use.
We're considering a webcam, sound and BT but these were not part of the initial brief.
Our unit is not designed for the consumer market and is more industrial/rugged. We recon costs will be higher than tosh, but the additional casing ruggedness and our low production quantity pushes pricing up.
SO not a unit for nothing but something that might suit your preferred OS.
for more info contact us via the website - www.scologic.com
"Internet Explorer takes care of the web browsing duties"
Is that in the same way that mafiosi take care of informers?
Windows CE? How 1993.
When will these companies learn...
that Windows Mobile = FAIL? Lovely-looking device like this, and they put that tosh on it (and not even the pimped up 6.5).
Android, Symbian, Windows 95 - anything, just anything but Windows Mobile 6.
I suppose for those that don't care about such things, CE will probably do. (How vulnerable is it to exploits?) Of more interest, however, is the price and the USB input. If they can manage to get this out the door for £199 or less in the UK, I suspect there will be Linux distros flying around for it pretty quickly (who said penguins can't fly?!)